INFOBOX: Individuals or agencies wanting to help the family or wanting more information can call the Oroville Family Resource Center
at: 538-7156, and leave a message for Carol Zanon
with Deborah or Jennifer.Donations to GOHC
can be sent in care of Oroville Family Resource Center
, 1461 B Myers Street, Oroville CA. 95965.The Greater Oroville Homeless Coalition
collaborates with other agencies and locates resources in Butte County to help families who are homeless.Carol Zanon, vice president of GOHC, said with the rent skyrocketing, some people are falling through the cracks, such as one family of five living at Motel 6 since July. Zanon
said the family has depleted their resources waiting for social security disability benefits to be approved and is now teetering on the brink of homelessness.
"No one will rent to them because their income isn't three times the amount of the rent," Zanon
But in the meantime, their homeless assistance and support have run out, and they are facing homelessness, Zanon
The coalition has been helping pay their rent as well as local churches and Oroville High School coaches.The motel has taken signed IOUs for the rent.These resources are all running out, and Zanon
is asking the community to help with donations, a house to rent or a temporary place where the family can live until their SSI is approved, and they can qualify to rent a house.
The family wants to stay in Oroville
, as their children are in school here.Their son has a 4.67 grade point average, and already has a plan for college.He wants stay at Oroville High School.
Jack said he
wants to keep the family together and help the children succeed in life.
"I just hope someone will take a chance," Zanon
said."They have good kids, and it's Christmas."Zanon, who has a masters in social work, said homeless women and their children are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
In Butte County, families are being turned away from various agencies because they have either used up all their homeless assistance, they have no immediate source of income or their income isn't large enough to meet rental qualifications.
The coalition works with Stairways
to Recovery and the Skyway House for clean and sober living but they don't take whole families.Additionally, there aren't any places where whole families can go in Oroville
would like to have their own shelter someday.
is hoping someone in the community will offer temporary or permanent housing for the Smith family.The homeless coalition has already given the family more than their quota for one family, and they also need donations for deposits.
"The two teens are doing so well in school, and it would be devastating for them to be away from their parents," Zanon